Wife surprised the hell out of me last year when she asked me to help her get a license to carry.
This from a woman that has expressed no interest in firearms for the past 40 plus years we've been married so for the past few months we have been going over the the basics. I started her on the .22 mag PMR 30 and worked her way up through the several calibers. She told me she wanted to carry a small J frame type revolver like I usually do so lately we have been concentrating on those in .32, .32 H&R, .327 Fed Magnum and .38 special. As all my snubs are D/A only I went out last week and bought a NIB S&W Model 637 just so she could try single action.
To make a long story short since last summer, after firing hundreds of rounds through five different pistols she is only accurate with the LCR using .32 S&W Longs and OK with the Critical Defense .32 H&R mags. Everything else is pretty much off the table now. A .32 is a pretty anemic self defense round but better than a rock I guess and I could tell she was disappointed. I told her we weren't giving up yet as there were plenty of pistols and calibers out there we will find something.
Before we left I wanted to shoot the new smith and a couple of small autos I brought a Glock 33 and A Bersa .380. Wife wanted to shoot one of them so I let her fire away with the Bersa. 1 shot at 20 feet in the 7 ring. Ok do that again. Next shot in the 8 ring low and right. She ended up with a 2" pattern low and right in the eight and nine rings. Had her reload the magazine with Winchester 85gr Self Defense & Training loads, rack the slide, and do it again. At 15 feet a nice tight group all low and right in the 9 ring and one round in the seven. One more try same result except one was high and right. YO! We have a winner. Her smile was worth all the effort and her confidence was over the top. Not perfect but nothing a little practice won't help. Next time I'm going to bring my grandsons Glock 43 and rent a Glock 42 and see how she does with those.